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  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

It draws you in ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-13

Where does The Woodcutter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the more enjoyable books I have read.

Any additional comments?

I got a bit confused at the beginning - I think I wasn't listening attentively enough but after the first couple of chapters I managed to figure it out. I like the way the story is told from different perspectives and the different 'voices' used aid following the story. It has twists and turns throughout and I didn't want it to end because I was enjoying it so much.

  • The Pink Hotel

  • By: Anna Stothard
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

A seventeen-year-old London girl flies to Los Angeles for the funeral of her mother Lily, from whom she has been estranged since her childhood. Stealing a suitcase of letters, clothes and photographs from her mum's bedroom at the top of a hotel on Venice Beach, the girl spends her summer travelling around Los Angeles, returning love letters and photographs to the men who had known her mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and narrated

  • By Ru on 28-01-13

Ok story - passed the time

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Not my normal type of book. Not a lot happened and it seemed to take a long time for not a lot to happen. It was well narrated but just not my type of story. I was expecting a journey around America and the descriptions this would enable but I was to be disappointed.

  • After the Fall

  • By: Charity Norman
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

In the quiet of a New Zealand winter's night, a rescue helicopter is sent to airlift a five-year-old boy with severe internal injuries. He's fallen from the upstairs veranda of an isolated farmhouse. At first, Finn's fall looks like a horrible accident; but his frantic mother, Martha McNamara, knows how it really happened. And she isn't telling. Not yet. Maybe not ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling read

  • By Bizzylizzy on 06-05-13

A moving book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I disagree with the title of this book as the majority of it deals with what leads up to 'the fall'. It is well written and narrated. It shows how easily a normal family can, through how they deal with each other and the situations they find themselves in, end up potentially broken. It made me feel lucky with how my life has turned out so far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,779

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, be inspired & provoked to think...

  • By Rachel on 24-01-12

A very moving book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it made me cry a lot, it was also very uplifting and life affirming. The main characters really drew me in, and the chapters from other character's viewpoints helped to broaden the book. I would like to read other books written by this author.

  • Sister

  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Juanita Mahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 422

Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooo gooood!

  • By Ann-Marie on 03-03-11

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I have recommended this book to friends and am going to listen to other books by this author. I presumed that the main theme would be will the sister live or die but this is very quickly resolved. It kept me gripped and made me cry a few times. It is well read and I am sure I will be listening to this book again.

  • The Racketeer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 750

Number One bestseller John Grisham returns with his most suspenseful thriller yet. Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Racketeer

  • By Lynda on 31-12-12

A bit long winded

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This book is well read but I found it a bit too meandering. If I lost total concentration (which I tend to do) I would sometimes be completely lost with what was going on and have to rewind it! After keeping going I did find the last quarter of the book did grab me but I could of done without a lot of the first three quarters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 18
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M.C. Beaton’s entertaining murder mystery. During the grey days of early December, Agatha is obsessed by only two things – Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. Although she says she feels nothing for James now, she’s sure that planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas for all her friends will somehow reanimate her love. Even the murder of Mrs Tamworthy , does little to distract Agatha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lightweight and enjoyable listen.

  • By Elizabeh on 17-01-12

I love these books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I have previously read a few of these books so thought I would try an audiobook. It is well read and the storyline is just as good as in previous books. A good book that is not dark or depressing, it is comical in some places - just the tonic for escaping the reality of life for a bit.

  • The Christmas Angel

  • By: Marcia Willett
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable five-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end.Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle tale evoking images of Cornwall

  • By Mark on 13-12-12

Good story for the Christmas hols

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I listened to this over the Christmas holidays and whilst not being set purely at Christmas it was a very fitting book. It is a book which deals with relationships - friendships, love, family. I found that I was finding things to do (including cleaning) to justify listening to it. It is not too meaty but is a good holiday listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Tooth

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies

  • By GC on 15-10-12

Not what I was expecting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Next time I will find out a bit more about a book before I download it. I expected more of a who-dunnit. Storyline takes a long time to get going but I did get into it and wanted to keep listening when I persevered to Part 2.